Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra

Performance: Dec 4th
Open Dress Rehearsal Dec 2

Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Tigran Arakelyan, will present a concert on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at Chimacum High School Auditorium. In addition to the concert, there will be an open dress rehearsal Friday, December 2, at 7 p.m.. Attendees will need to wear a high-quality mask for both the concert and the dress rehearsal. This is a free concert: donations are welcome.

Tigran Arakelyan is an award-winning conductor and educator who holds a number of posts in addition to the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra. These include Music Director of the Northwest Mahler Festival, Assistant Conductor of the California Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director of both the Federal Way Youth Symphony and Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra. This year marks his fifth year leading the Orchestra.

The seasonally-inspired concert includes the overture to the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II. This operetta is drawn from a farcical German play where as a joke a passed-out drunk reveler is dressed in a bat costume and dropped in the center of town. As the unfortunate victim plots his revenge, hilarity ensues. In a similar vein, the overture to the opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is based on a Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale. First performed December 23, 1893, it is a seasonal favorite.

Inspired by a rink of skaters in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, Émile Waldteufel wrote Les Patineurs (The Skaters’Waltz) in 1882. This music invoking a wintery scene should be familiar to anyone who has been to an ice- or roller-skating rink. The program also includes the first movement of Symphonie Espagnole by Édouard Lalo. For this piece, the orchestra will be joined by 2022 Young Artist Competition winner Aliyah Yearian as violin soloist. Rounding out the program is Leroy Anderson’s classic

A Christmas Festival.” A favorite of conductor Arthur Fiedler, Anderson wrote and arranged many pieces for the Boston Pops orchestra, including this one in 1950.

More information is available on the orchestra website ptsymphony.org